Truckstop in Cleveland: Still around?

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by Ex-Trucker Alex, Mar 4, 2023.

  1. Ex-Trucker Alex

    Ex-Trucker Alex Heavy Load Member

    Jan 7, 2023
    I remember back in the mid-late 80's, there used to be what could sorta be considered a truckstop right in the city of Cleveland. It was down in the riverside flats, and the story was it was the location used to be one of the first gasoline refineries (Standard oil, circa late 1890's?), which had been torn down, and the area had been 'cleaned up'. For those unfamiliar with Cleveland and it's old refineries, back in the 1930's, this area was so polluted that the Cuyahoga river actually caught fire a few times.....

    Anyway, there were fuel islands, a shop, and a diner, although I think they were separately owned and run. Probably enough parking for about 100 trucks, though, right inside the city. It was certainly handy for drivers waiting for loads, but the area was 'sketchy' at best, and it was pretty far away from the interstate. Does this place still exist? If so, what is it called?
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    I remember stopping there in the late 90s. Had a diner with decent food, but I don't remember much else about it. Except the smell. Smelled like you were in the middle of a refinery. Don't know if it is still there though.
  4. Jubal Early Times

    Jubal Early Times Road Train Member

    Oct 17, 2022
    There is nothing left in Cleveland that I know of. Except maybe hepatitis and poverty.
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  5. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    I stopped there a few times, in the late 90’s, running flatbed. Not the safest feeling place, at night.
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Geraldo Rivera lives there....can't be that bad, right ? However, I do remember (in the early 80's) getting empty and getting a dispatch for the next morning to load and area was gritty, shipper sais I could park there overnight but would be locked in to the compound, which I agreed to. I also remember climbing the chain link fence to get some grub around 9 pm.
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  7. Side pipes

    Side pipes Light Load Member

    Nov 27, 2022
    Cleveland run down cold place
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